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Tips for Optimum Self-Storage

Why one might use self-storage is an entirely subjective matter. Self-storage is used for a whole range of reasons, which can vary from person to person. Perhaps you are prepping to move into a new home or are looking for a way to store your belongings safe whilst you travel. Or maybe, you simply want to clear out your office space until your revamp. There are different items that one may look to the store with self-storage, but overall, you should familiarize yourself with some tips so you can make the process as efficient and hassle-free as possible. Here is a glimpse at some of the main ones.

Raise Everything above Ground

Be it furniture, boxes or anything else you plan on leaving about, make sure you raise all of it above ground. Yes, you can, of course, put the boxes on top of any furniture, but remember to raise the furniture off the ground as well. This is so you can keep moisture and mould from affecting them, which is a very real risk. Plus, you never know what might happen when you are away. If there is a slight flooding, you do not want your belongings to be accumulating fungus while you are gone. Use plastic bedding or wooden pallets (we prefer the latter), to help with this.

Pack Electronics in Their Boxes

If you have a habit of throwing out the boxes which house your electronics when you buy them, stop it. Keep your television, blender and fridge box. Whilst packing boxes are great for all your other items like clothes, shoes and so on, electronic items should be ideally packed in their own boxes. You need to ensure that everything is stored well, so you can use them when you are back. Be sure to also include all other relevant parts and accessories accordingly, and to not just dump everything inside, but to carefully wrap them up individually before packing them.

Clean All Appliances

You need not necessarily wash them as some appliances are not designed to be washed, but you should at least clean them before you pack them away. This helps keep them in great condition, preventing any unnecessary build-ups, and keeping pesky issues like rot, rust and pests at bay. Coming back to an infestation of sorts is not exactly ideal is it? Always set your appliances up straight. You also want air to freely flow through, so there is no mustiness. Just like with electronics, you should keep the specific cords and any attachments with the relevant appliance.

Airtight Containers

This is specifically with relevance to documents, files and so on. These are probably the most sensitive of the lot, and therefore need to be packed accordingly. A good idea would be to use airtight containers, which vary in sizes so you can choose those that fit your requirements. They help keep mildew away which is brought on by high levels of humidity. Organize them before packing them in, so you need not have to rummage through them on your return. Label the boxes as well, and keep them off the floor.